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Gynecological Surgery

Often conditions such as pelvic pain, excessive bleeding or abnormal cell growth require surgical intervention to provide improved health and quality of life.

Dr. Ofori is continually advancing his education and staying current with the latest innovations in medicine in order to offer patients the most effective proven methods in gynecological surgery. He now performs almost all surgeries transvaginally, going into the cervix or uterus through the vagina rather than having to make an incision in the abdomen. Transvaginal surgeries—including vaginal hysterectomies— are safer, lower cost and result in a minimum amount of pain and a faster recovery time. When required, Dr. Orofi performs minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. In these cases, he will insert a tiny scope through a small incision in the belly to view, diagnose and treat a problem without making a larger cut.

You can trust that you’re in excellent hands with Dr. Ofori when you need surgery to provide relief or treat a life-threatening condition. Some of the conditions we treat with leading-edge surgery include:

Suspected vaginal or cervical conditions
If a normal Pap smear or pelvic exam indicates an abnormality, Dr. Ofori may recommend a colposcopy. This noninvasive test gives the doctor an enlarged view of the cervix, with the purpose of assessing potential problems such as genital warts, benign growths, pain, or bleeding. You may experience some minor cramping during and after the procedure.
Recovery time is immediate.
Cervical Dysplasia
When you have been diagnosed with cervical dysplasia caused by HPV (abnormal cells in the cervix), we may recommend a simple procedure to ensure that the dysplasia will not lead to cervical cancer. We use LEEP (the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) to remove the abnormal cells in the cervix, allowing new healthy cells to grow. With LEEP, no anesthesia is required, and the procedure takes only a few minutes. Some cramping, dark discharge and mild bleeding are not unusual following the treatment.
Recovery time is approximately one to two weeks.
Excessive bleeding
In the past, women who experienced heavy periods and excessive bleeding would be advised to have a full hysterectomy. Today we can keep the uterus intact by doing an endometrial ablation (the removal of the lining of the uterus). We use Gynecare Thermachoice, a type of endometrial ablation where heat is used to treat the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). During the procedure, a small, flexible balloon is fed into the uterus and inflated with heated fluid to the size and shape of the uterus. The fluid is heated for eight minutes, then the fluid is withdrawn and the balloon is removed. The heat removes the endometrium. While we use no incision, we may give you a light sedative to make the procedure more comfortable.
Recovery time is approximately one to two days.
Uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease and cancer

When you suffer from one of these conditions, Dr. Ofori will be monitoring you closely and providing alternatives for care. In some cases, when endometrial ablation isn’t an option, he may recommend a hysterectomy to eliminate pain and avoid future complications. The majority of the time we can use a more advanced vaginal hysterectomy procedure that does not require open surgery.

Most of the hysterectomies we do are transvaginal or laparoscopic. The transvaginal approach, which uses laparoscopic techniques, removes the uterus through the vagina with less scarring, pain and recovery time. With this method, we are able to help women get back to normal activities in days, not weeks. Since we avoid a large incision, recovery is shorter and less uncomfortable.

In some cases, we may need to remove the uterus through the abdomen using a laparoscopic approach. While more invasive than the vaginal hysterectomy, this method is still far, far easier on you than the traditional open technique. It requires only tiny incisions, so recovery is shorter and less uncomfortable, and scarring is minimized.